VPN won’t work with Sky Go? Here’s how to fix this in 4 steps
Sky Go is one of those streaming services that offer an overwhelmingly high amount of quality TV shows. A lot of users are impressed by what’s on the menu, with the TV shows, movies, sports events, news, and documentaries. There’s only one small problem.
Namely, in order to enjoy Sky’s content, one must live in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. This can be traversed by VPN which mimics a UK/RoI IP address in order to grant you access. But that’s sometimes easier said than done, as VPN isn’t working on Sky Go for so many users.
For the sake of addressing it, we prepared a list of possible solutions and they’re to be found below. If you’re unable to connect and stream on the Sky Go, make sure to check them out.
How to get Sky Go working with VPN when abroad
- Make sure your time and date are set to UK or Republic of Ireland
- Reinstall the Sky Go app or use another browser for web-based client
- Change servers to the different UK/RoI location
- Make sure you VPN isn’t blocked by Sky Go
1: Make sure your time and date are set to UK or Republic of Ireland
First things first. The discrepancy between the system time and the VPN time (time assigned to a certain IP address) can cause the issues with accessing Sky Go on your PC from abroad. Sky Go can use some anti-proxy services to block everyone in the different time zone. Some users resolved the issue by simply setting their system time to mimic the time of the UK/RoI server. After that, you should be able to access the Sky Go, both app or browser-based client.
In case you’re not certain how to do it in Windows 10, make sure to follow the instructions we provided below:
- Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app.
- Open Time & Language.
- Under the Date & Time section, disable both ”Set time automatically” and ”Set time zone automatically”.
- Select Timezone and choose Dublin-London time zone from the drop-down menu.
- Now you can re-enable the ”Set time automatically” option and that’s it.
- Start your VPN and give Sky Go another try.
2: Reinstall the Sky Go app or use another browser for web-based client
The startup, VPN-applying sequence is also important. Make sure to start your VPN and choose the same exact server location connected to your account. If you’ve already done that and the problem is still persistent, we recommend reinstalling the Sky Go desktop client app or switching to an alternative browser in case you rather use a browser-based access point.
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Seemingly, the most mainstream browsers are off the shelf for Sky Go. Chrome and Mozilla are, reportedly, having issues and it seems the same goes for Opera. The best-suited browser for the job is, believe it or not, Internet Explorer. But, we reckon that Edge will do a good job, as well.
In regards to reinstallation a Sky Go app on your system, follow the steps below:
- Enable your VPN and make sure your region settings are set to the UK.
- Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Click Apps.
- Under Apps & features, locate Sky Go app and remove it.
- Restart your PC.
- Open Microsoft Store and install Sky Go app again.
- Start VPN and give Sky Go another go.
3: Change servers to the different UK/RoI location
Usually, this would imply to change your server/geo-location to any given other location in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. However, that’s not how the things work in regards to accessing the Sky Go service from abroad. If you’re using a non-premium VPN service, it’s hard to deal with this.
You can try out TunnelBear (reportedly still works with Sky Go) but due to the limitations imposed on a data package, you’ll consume free 500 MB quite fast. So, we assume that you’re using a premium, subscription-based VPN tool.
Furthermore, with the premium solution, you can ask for a specified location which supports Sky Go. Just contact your service provider and ask for a valid location which can run Sky Go without issues.
4: Make sure you VPN isn’t blocked by Sky Go
Finally, you should double check before deciding to acquire the services of a specific premium VPN. A lot of them are restricted/blocked by Sky Go. Even though we affiliate with the CyberGhost VPN, we are certain it will work as intended since it’s not blocked at the time being. Furthermore, it comes wrapped in a great design and with the unlimited data and bandwidth speeds.
The VPN solutions confirmed to work with Sky Go at the moment are:
So, make sure to check at least one of them and give it a try. If the problem is persistent, we recommend contacting the responsible support and asking for the resolution. That’s one of the advantages of premium VPN solution — they need to provide a paying customer with the resolution of the issue at hand.
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That should do it. In case you have questions or suggestions regarding VPN for Sky Go and related issues, make sure to post them in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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